2003 WPA World Tour Update

Planning for the 2003 WPA World Tour is moving forward. 7 of 12 events have been decided and negotiations are underway to fill the remaining spots.

Reminder: The Winners of each of the 12 World Tour events (or top player not already qualified) will be invited to compete in the World Tour Finals in Tokyo in November. EVERYONE who participates in World Tour events is eligible to receive ranking points that will determine invitations to the 2004 World Tour Finals. So even if you don't win, by doing well in as many World Tour events as possible, you could still earn a trip to Tokyo in 2004! So enter a World Tour event today!

2003 World Tour Calendar UPDATED 2/15/03

Europe (3 Events)

1. EPBF Euro Tour
May 1-3, 2003 - DATE CORRECTED!
St. Petersburg, Russia
Web Site: www.epbf.com/
Email contact: davidmorris13@hotmail.com

2. EPBF Euro Tour
June 11-15, 2003
Neuwied, Germany
Web Site: www.epbf.com/
Email contact: davidmorris13@hotmail.com

3. EPBF Euro Tour
September 10-14, 2003
Weert, Netherlands
Web Site: www.epbf.com/
Email contact: davidmorris13@hotmail.com

Asia (3 Events)

July 4-6, 2003
Tokyo, Japan
Web Site: www.ibc-tour.com
Email contact: info@ibc-tour.com

2. TBA

3. TBA

North America (3 Events)

1. BCA Open 9-Ball Championships
May 11-17, 2003
Las Vegas, USA
Web Site: www.bca-pool.com
Email contact: john-lewis@bca-pool.com

2. TBA

3. TBA

Africa (1 Event)

1. TBA

Oceania (1 Event)

1. Australian Open 9-Ball Championship
April 23-25, 2003
Adelaide, Australia
Email contact: charlton@idl.net.au

South America (1 Event)

1. Aruba Open 2003 NEW WORLD TOUR EVENT!
October 22-26, 2003
Web Site: www.poolinaruba.com
Email contact: dittoacosta@setarnet.aw

World Tour Final
WPA World Tour Championship Tokyo 9 Ball
November 7-9, 2003
Tokyo, Japan
Web Site: www.ibc-tour.com
Email contact: info@ibc-tour.com

The 2003 World Tour features 12 Tournaments around the World, Plus a World Tour Finals to determine the World Tour Champion.

The Finals Features 32 Players, including:

1. Top 12 from 2002 World Tour Ranking
2. Winner (or top player not already invited) from the 12 World Tour Events held during 2003
3. 8 Players selected during a pre-championship qualifier held in Tokyo

All 24 Invited Players receive free airfare (up to $1,000) and free hotel. All 32 players will receive prize money, and $25,000 will be paid to the winner, who will be named "2003 World Tour Champion".

World Tour Ranking System

Players earn World Tour Ranking Points, based on their performance in the 12 tournaments. Invitations to the 2004 World Tour Championship will be based in part on this year's World Tour Rankings. Everyone with IBC Ranking Points will be listed on the Official Player Ranking List on the IBC Web Site

Remember, all tournaments are independently produced. Please contact the organizer for more detailed information. IBC registration is not required to participate in the 2003 WPA World Tour. All events are sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.

For more information, visit our web site: www.ibc-tour.com

Send any questions to info@ibc-tour.com

See you on the Tour!